BEAUTIFUL TROUBLE: Still Elegant and Incendiary [The Occupied Sun Book Review]

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Beautiful Trouble is more than a book, it’s the serious artivists’ wikipedia. A constantly evolving web toolboxand an international network of artist-activist trainers whose mission is to help grassroots movements be more creative and more effective.  The project has been ongoing since 2012, successfully sharing the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest with today’s generation of change-makers’ experiences on the frontlines.

Beautiful Trouble lays out the core tactics, principles and theoretical concepts that drive creative activism, offering an array of tools to help activists learn from recent successes and failures, and from the broad, rich history of our struggle(s).

There are currently five modules; Tactics, Principles, Theories, Case Studies and Practitioners, all excellently researched, brilliantly written and painstakingly cross referenced, full of insights for cynical old artist-activists and fresh faced noobs alike.

The materials are being updated and added to constantly, if you’ve got something you want to share or add, you can get involved, here.

We encourage readers to explore our website, beautifultrouble.org, which is more than simply an appendage to the book, but in fact stands as perhaps the fullest expression of the project. In an easily navigable form, the website includes all the book’s content as well as material that, due to constraints of both space and time, we were unable to include in this print edition.

With the participation of readers, the body of patterns that constitute Beautiful Trouble could continue to evolve and expand, attracting new contributors and keeping abreast of emerging social movements and their tactical innovations.

Millions around the world have awoken not just to the need to take action to reverse deepening inequality and ecological devastation, but to our own creative power to do so. You have in your hands a distillation of ideas gleaned from those on the front lines of creative activism. But these ideas are nothing until they’re acted upon. We look forward to seeing what you do with them.”

The project is a collaborative effort with over 70 prominent artist-activists-strategists and leading creative campaign organizations including the YesMen, Ruckus Society, Other 98% and others.

Praised by Naomi Klein as “a crash course in the emerging field of carnivalesque realpolitik, both elegant and incendiary,” the book is now available in 7 Languages and is being used by campaigns and classrooms worldwide.

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Beautiful Trouble is a MUST READ for everybody who’s seriously interested in fixing our world. bookreview

I was lucky enough to be bought a copy by a good friend some years ago and it continues to enlighten and inspire my artivism today.

Beautiful Trouble is available FREE under a creative commons license, so if you can afford to buy a copy, buy two,…or several…!

If you can’t afford to buy a copy, why not share the Beautiful Trouble website around and help support these wonderful people’s work?

ARTIVISM For The WIN!

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You might also enjoy this review of The Prostitute State, by Donnachadh McCarthy:

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THE PROSTITUTE STATE by Donnachadh McCarthy [The Occupied Sun Book Review]


The Prostitute State
is a transformative read.

book cover 24mmI was lucky enough to spend time with the author, Donnachadh McCarthy during Occupy Democracy’s Tarpaulin Revolution in 2014, where he was arrested several times for peacefully protesting the UK’s scandalous democratic deficit.

We occupied Rupert Murdoch’s news HQ together in 2015, where he generously gifted me a copy of his third book, The Prostitute State.

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Donnachadh McCarthy

The book is semi-autobiographical and explains how Donnachadh arrived at his conclusions. His insights into the inner workings of the corridors of power are as remarkable as his personal journey. Donnachadh is an incredible human being; a rare combination of fierce intellect and compassionate, sensitive humility.

The former vice chair of the Liberal Democrats turned whistleblower on corruption within the party, he has been tirelessly campaigning on environmental issues for over two decades both outside and within the system. His Victorian terrace home in Camberwell was London’s first carbon negative house.

Despite Donnachadh’s impressive CV, when I sat down to read The Prostitute State I wasn’t really expecting to glean much new information from it. In my arrogance, I thought I had already picked apart and understood the pillars of corruption which we all suffer under. I could not have been more mistaken. Donnachadh offers up revelation after revelation, backed by dense references, citations and peer reviewed datasets.

Whether you’re well aware of the revolving door or just noticed it’s existence, The Prostitute State is a must read for truth seekers worldwide.

In Donnachadh’s analysis, there are four main pillars of The Prostitute State; the Corrupted Political System; the Prostituted Media, Perverted Academia and the Thieving Network of Tax Havens. The book not only examines and exposes each of these pillars, but most importantly, it explains how the rich elites and corporations control the production of thought, the dissemination of thought, the implementation of thought and the funding of thought, and why this means we no longer live in a democracy.

Unlike other books which examine the doings of the 1%, The Prostitute State isn’t thin on suggestions for what can be done about the challenges we are facing either.

***SPOILER ALERT***

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